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Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

The Nikon D5100 is an upper entry-level DSLR featuring a low-noise 16-megapixel sensor, full HD video support, and an articulating LCD screen.

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Purchase Link: Buy Now at B&H Photo!
List Price (USA): $599
In Production: Yes
Launch Date: April 2011
Successor: Nikon D5200
Predecessor: Nikon D5000
Megapixels: 16.2
Format: DX (APS-C)
Sensor Type: CMOS
Max. Resolution (pixels): 4928 x 3264
Low-Pass Filter: Yes
Sensor Dimensions (mm): 23.6 x 15.6
Min. ISO: 100
Max. ISO: 6400
Expanded ISO Range: 100-25600
ISO Adjustment Steps: 1/2EV, 1/3EV
Still File Formats: JPEG, 14-bit RAW, RAW+
Dust Removal Support: No
Shooting Modes: Full Auto, Program (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S), Manual (M), Bulb (B), User, Auto (No Flash), Scene
Additional Features: In-Camera Retouching, Custom Picture Control, Active-D Lighting
Minimum Shutter Speed (s): 30
Maximum Shutter Speed (s): 1/4000
Shutter Life (actuations): 100,000
Max. Burst (FPS): 4
JPEG Buffer Size: 63
RAW Buffer Size: 11
Release Modes: Single-Frame, Continuous Lo, Continuous Hi, Quiet Shutter, Self-Timer
LCD Screen Size ("): 3.0
LCD Screen Resolution (dots): 921,000
Electronic Level/Horizon: No
Live View Mode: Yes
Viewfinder Type: Pentamirror
Viewfinder Magnification (x): 0.78
Viewfinder Frame Coverage (%): 95
Metering Sensor: 420-pixel RGB senso
Auto Metering Modes: Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot
Meter Operating Range (EV): 0 to 20
Exposure Compensation Range (EV): -5 to 5
Exposure Compensation Steps: 1/2EV, 1/3EV
Auto Bracking Frames: 3
Auto Bracketing Modes: Exposure, White Balance, Custom Image Effects
Primary AF Type: Phase Detect Autofocus
AF Sensor: Multi-CAM 1000
AF Modes: Single-Servo AF, Continuous AF, Auto-Area AF
AF Points: 11
Minimum Required Aperture: F5.6
AF Operating Range (EV): -1 to 19
Screwdrive AF Support: No
Live View Autofocus: Contrast Detect
Face Detection Support: Yes
Movie Mode: Yes
Movie File Formats: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Built-In Microphone: Mono
Video Framerates (Size/FPS): 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 720p/24, 720p/30, VGA/30
Video Autofocus: Continuous AF
Manual Video Controls: ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Exposure Compensation
Built-In Flash: Yes
Flash Sync Speed (s): 1/200
Flash Compensation Range (EV): -1 to 3
Supported Flash Modes: Red-Eye Reduction, Slow-Speed Sync, Rear-Curtain Sync, Fill Flash
Hotshoe: Yes
Mount Type: Nikon F Mount
Number of Media Slots: 1
Compatible Card Types: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Width (mm): 127
Height (mm): 96.5
Depth (mm): 78.7
Weight (g): 560
Battery Grip: No
Battery Model: EN-EL14
Battery Life (Frames): 660
Power Adapter Support: Yes
Weather Sealing: No
Included Accessories: EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
MH-24 Quick Charger
DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
UC-E6 USB Cable
EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
AN-DC3 Camera Strap
DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
BF-1B Body Cap
BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Other Notes: Articulating LCD screen
Available Colors: Black
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3 Reviews

This D5100 was purchased as an upper entry level shooter.  I love the articulating screen--that was one of the major selling points.  Sure I'd like the D7100, but when reading all the specs and comparing side by side, the 5100 has the same processor that the 7000 has, the same sensor, but a few less bells and whistles... not to mention a couple of hundred dollars to put towards some good glass.


I've taken video that was really great, hi-def footage that was used in sales presentations that the client raved about.  In the end, that's what matters... what we can sell.


The D5100 was a great purchase that I'd make again.  Next up, looking at the D7100 (or 7200??? if/when they ever come out).    In the mean time, I'll keep my eyes peeled and my wallet closed!

The D5100 is a really good camera !

I went from the D5000 and the D5100 and I think this is a great improvement.


-First the video quality that was pretty much the main reason why I upgraded.

-I love the bigger articulating screen which I will miss when I will buy my next camera, because it is very useful in pretty much every situations.

-It is also much more sensitive in low light situations.

-The price is great for what you can do with it.



-I found the body a little small because I have big hands and a little light (but I like my cameras to be heavy :P)

-The battery life is not long enough


When I will change for a FX camera, I will probably keep it as a second camera because I love it and it works very well !

Wow! what a camera body!

It is such a good camera and I am over the moon with its performance and build quality. 


The images it creates are sharp and detailed. The crop sensor is the same as the one out of the D7000 so you know its good!

Its articulating screen is very handy in certain situations, whether shooting high crowds, or for your back down low if you lazy:)

It has 9 focus points that are very well placed and give accurate focus.

The Live view mode button is located in a vey good spot for easy use.

The cameras shutter is quiet

The body is actually very light and yet strong and sturdy

The full 1080P HD video recording at 30fps when in NTSC is just great:) super sharp and colourful

I could go on all day with this camera about good battery life, low noise, no dust spots, good overall positioning for buttons, but at the end of the day its just an all round great entry to semi-professional camera and is a great first buy. You can learn on it quick and once professional its still got all the features to make you not need to upgrade. I have done just this, have 4 different lenses now but no need for a new camera body, only later when I need a full frame. I will always have my D5100 and use it as much as I can:)


I do not think there are any negative points that stick out, but in a review you have to write some dont you:)

The ISO range is great, but low noise levels are not as super smooth as you think, after 640 I can start to see some grain in my images, so I always try stay below, which is easy unless its night anyway.

I love the flip out LCD screen, but the live view mode is terribly slow at focusing and the shutter is more laggy at taking the photo, so I never use it unless on a tripod and with a still subject. Thats all the negatives!:)